"By coming together as young professionals whose families’ have been affected by genocide and persecution, we are able to share our stories and learn from one anothers’ experiences. This opportunity allows us to understand the realities of what others have faced, creating open dialogue. "
“Survivors’ stories is an initiative I am humbled to partake in. I look forward to working with various young community representatives and hearing their truth. Each and everyone of us whether strangers or not have a strong personal connection. Granting us a relative underlying understanding of the trauma and pain genocide brings to any human being, in any part of the world. I believe this mutual awareness is a firm foundation that will give us that collective respect, passion, and unity to work together to advance our very own communities, intercultural relationships, and the Canadian society on a grand scale.”
“This program is an opportunity to build greater understanding between communities who have shared histories of genocide and persecution. By learning more about one another’s pasts we can move forward together into the future.”
“As a Rwandan, sharing Stories of Survivors of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi is a mission I am honored to undertake and being able to share with other genocide survivors. As members of the steering committee we get to listen to each other’s experiences and work together to help inform the Canadian society about effects of genocide. I am looking forward to shedding light on our challenges, resilience, and the unity shown by both survivors and perpetrators to help build an even greater Canadian society.”
“I am an Armenian born and raised in Canada. I attended Armenian school until Grade 7 when I entered the public school system. I attained an Honours Degree in Political Science from York University, where I was also the President of the Armenian Students' Association for one year. I have travelled to Armenia three times on humanitarian missions with the Canadian Youth Mission to Armenia and the Hayastan All-Armenia Fund. I have also been a member of the Union of Marash Armenians of Toronto for my entire life. I was fortunate enough to meet and know three of my great grandmothers and know them for many years. They were all survivors of the Armenian Genocide. My interest in this project is in educating people about the various forms of genocidal behaviour that have been exhibited by societies and how they are continuing to be perpetuated today. It is also, to help create a means by which we can prevent such action from happening again.”
“Remembering the past is important. Especially acts of genocide as they affect the descendants of the people persecuted. The lives of many are made much more difficult in various ways as result of a genocide committed against their people. In many cases, such as with the Roma, their hardships are ignored, or not even recognized. If people don’t know about the problem, there will not be a solution. What is worse: history can repeat itself if people don’t know about genocide that was committed. So, it is important to educate people about it. I’m looking forward to sharing these facts with as many people as possible and make the world understand how important it is to acknowledge the Roma holocaust Remembrance Day, August 2nd.”